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he looked back out on to the ocean, lopez was nowhere to be seen. the coast guard spent the afternoon and evening searching by water and air, with help from the sheriff's department and the harbor master. >> the water is very cold now. we have rip currents. and indications are that he is still out in the water some place. >> reporter: but as night fell hope of finding lopez waned. the coast guard suspended the search, and those who love him were left with a difficult realization. >> i'm hurting. very good kid. no go hang out with other people. just go to school and working. and all this kid is very good, good kid. >> reporter: the coast guard says the decision on whether to resume the search for lopez would be made in the morning. live in pacifica tonight, monte francis, nbc bay area news. >> monte, thank you. and police in the east bay tonight are trying to determine the cause of death of a man who was found floating in the bay near richmond. police received a call around
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3:00 this afternoon about a body in the water. homicide investigators were called in, but at this point it appears the death may have been an accident. they say the man may have slipped and fell into the water and then died. authorities have identified the body, but are still trying to contact family members. the debate over same-sex marriage is headed for the supreme court this week. both sides will have their say on the federal defense of marriage act. on tuesday, justices will hear arguments on california's prop and consider whether states can stop same-sex marriage. people have been camping outside the proportionate for days to witness history. on tuesday, the court will hear a challenge to proposition 8. it defined marriage as one man, one woman. >> no evidence, none, that allowing gays and lesbians to marry harms the institution of marriage or harms anyone else. >> reporter: the justices could decide whether any state can ban same-sex marriage or simply limit the case to california. >> the last thing we need is to
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shut down the debate, have the supreme court redefine marriage for everybody. >> reporter: supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage have a different question for the supreme court justices. >> a fundamental right of liberty. and that right is already established. the only question is are you going to deprive gays and lesbians of this right because of their sex or their sexual orientation? >> the issue before the country is do we have a compelling interest in strengthening and supporting the durable, enduring and uniquely complimentary and pro creative union of a man and a woman? >> reporter: in new york, hundreds rallied in support of gay marriage. one demonstrator with a question of his own for court. >> the question before the supreme court this week will be am i a full american or am i not. >> reporter: a series of national polls show more americans supporting same-sex marriage than opposing it.
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well, a plan to legalize gay marriage in france is not being argued in the courts, it's being battled in the streets. these protesters in paris are opposed to same-sex marriage. police used tear gas and batons to fight massive crowds who pushed on to the landmark champ-elysees. demonstrators have launched a last-ditch bid to stop the same-sex marriage bill. the legislation by french president francois hollande will be examined by the senate in april. opponents are upset that hollande has pushed for reform without public debate. a 29-year-old man from castro valley was hit and killed early this morning on the freeway in the east bay after his car broke down. the man's car was parked near the center divider on 580 in oakland just after midnight. authorities believe he was trying to run across the freeway to safety when he was hit. police are not releasing the man's identity at this point. and in hayward this afternoon, a father was driving with his family on a busy street. he ended up in the line of fire
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and was shot. it happened around 2:30 on ten tennyson road. they don't believe the father was the intended target. >> what it appear, the victim of the gunshot wound was a family member, a dad, driving with his wife and child through the area to visit family, and was probably the unintended target of a drive-by shooting. we did find some casings thrown about in the roadway that indicate they'd came out of a moving vehicle. >> the father, who drove himself to the hospital, is expected to survive. his wife and child were not injured. police have not yet released a description of a gunman or the suspect car. an indian spiritual leader invited leaders to the san jose convention center today to talk about reducing violence in the bay area. kimberly tere is live there with more on what he had to say. kimberly? >> reporter: more than 1500 people, including those local lawmakers came to hear that man
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speak about stress-free, violent-free communities. >> dreaming big. >> reporter: known as an ambassador of piece, srisri ravi shankar launched his campaign today to create safer communities. >> why not the wisdom to be free from violence and free from stress? >> reporter: the indian spiritual leader founded the art of living, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides self development programs to reduce stress and foster a sense of well-being. he says it's time to address the issue news of growing violence and community discontent caused by the disconnect of neighbors. >> though we are so much connected through internet and social media. but people to people connection, heart to heart connection is essential today. >> each of us tends to look at our circle of friends as the community that we belong to.
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and we forget the fact that the communities are interlinked and we all share the same hopes and aspirations. so at the end of the day, i'm hoping we get inspired to build that larger circle, be part of that larger community. >> reporter: about a dozen local city and county leaders are here and say they hoped to learn something from the global humanitarian they can put to use to end violence. >> what is causing stress? someone's life? is it housing issues? is it job? is it not being respected in your own employment, your peers, your employer doesn't respect you as a person. how long does that build up before you react? and if we can learn something from here today to identify that, then maybe short circuit that, we might be able to start reducing some of the issues that are plaguing us. >> it can't be something that we just focus on every time there is an incident of violence and then forget about for a month or two. it's got to be steady. it's got to be real work, and it's got to turn an entire generation around. i think that's the real key to it. >> reporter: from here the
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spiritual leader will head to southern california and then on to the east coast to continue to spread his message about stress-free, violent-free communities. live in san jose, kimberly tere, nbc bay area news. >> all right, kimberly, thank you very much. and still ahead at 11:00 -- >> goodbye for now. goodbye for now, marcus. >> the emotional tribute to the 14-year-old boy killed on a racetrack near sacramento last weekend. plus, a first for san francisco police. they say they have never caught this many people vandalizing property like this before. and we'll hear from the winners of today's oakland marathon. why the men's division champ waved off congratulations. and we had nice weather for that to wrap up the weekend. and as you head back to work or school tomorrow morning, you'll find low clouds, a little bit of mist out there as the marine layer sweeps back. in we do, though have, bigger changes in the seven-day forecast, which will toss some spring showers our way. we'll show you when we come right back.
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more incidents and more airlines getting fined. >> there is no resolution. >> the loophole that allows airlines to underreport missing pets. the investigative unit monday at 11:00 on nbc bay area news.
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a new tribute unveiled today for the victims of the deadly
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san bruno pipeline explosion. the dedication took place at the bethany presbyterian church right after palm sunday services. community members painted the mural depicting the phoenix rising from the ashes, healing waters, and a rainbow of hope. eight people were killed, including three members of the bethany presbyterian congregation and dozens were injured in the 2010 blast that destroyed an entire neighborhood. survivors have continued to press for pipeline safety reforms. hundreds of people gathered at a church in santa rosa today to remember a teenaged boy who was hit and killed in a freak accident at a racetrack last weekend. his mom spoke about her sports-loving 14-year-old son, and how she wished all this attention this past week could have been for something different. >> television reporters, news reporters, what? it was so sur veal. i couldn't help but wonder what marcus would have thought of all of this. especially being on "sports
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center." i know he would have much rather been on sports center for a fadeaway game winning buzzer than all of this. >> reporter: marcus johnson was in the eighth grade. he was killed at a racetrack near sacramento last weekend. and to make it even more painful, his 17-year-old cousin killed him when he spun out of control during a pre-race warm-up. today marcus' family, friends, and coaches shared their memories as well. >> several of the players, one of them i liked immediately was marcus. he stood out because of his friendly demeanor and hard work ethic. >> marcus' family says his dream of all dreams was to drive a ferrari formula 1 race car on tracks around the world. his other love was basketball. and his teammates were among those who lined up to sign a memorial guest book. >> goodbye for now. goodbye for now, marcus. and until we meet again, i hope you're always the lead car and hitting all your jump shots.
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>> forever we will feel the warmth of your smile, marcus, your heartfelt embrace, the magic your eyes and the gentleness of your soul. when we see a shooting star, we will know it's you, forever in our hearts, we love you and we will miss you every day of our life. >> by the way, a 68-year-old man was also killed in that accident. san francisco police did something today they'd never done before, arrested 11 people at the same time for felony vandalism. about 3:00 this morning, a tip from a neighbor led police to the arrests on fulsome street near seventh in the south of market district. police arrested ten adults and one juvenile for spray painting graffiti. police say the group had backpacks containing 52 cans of spray paint, large markers and pence, and stickers with the group's identifying logo. the 11 are all facing charges of three-point vandalism and felony conspiracy.
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highway 1 at devil slide is notorious here in the bay area for accidents and for crumbling away, causing all kinds of detours and dpliers driv detours and drivers. the grand opening is scheduled for tomorrow after the official ribbon cutting, crews still have a little bit of work to do to divert traffic that is off the old route and then drivers should be able to use the tunnels tomorrow night or tuesday morning. each tunnel is a little over a mile long. plus, as you saw there, there are new bridges as well. the new road and tunnel replaces the edge of the cliff stretch of highway 1 between pacifica and half moon bay. the tunnels and connecting bridges cost about $349 million. plans are to turn the old road into a walking and biking trail. proof tonight that dreams really do come true. an eighth grade girl who just joined the cheerleading squad at her capitola school is now getting ready to perform her routines in front of thousands. sarah hill is known for taking on each day with optimism,
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despite facing some challenges, including downs syndrome. tom miller has her inspiring story. practicing side by side with her 30 new teammates, 13-year-old sarah hill is quickly learning it isn't easy being a cheerleader. >> one more time, and we're going to go from the very beginning. >> reporter: but despite the hard work and long hours, she is loving it. >> i think it's pretty cool that i'm a cheerleader. >> reporter: and the girls think it's pretty cool too. >> it definitely has put us closer, because everybody is helping sarah. so it's a team basically now. >> reporter: the seed was planted earlier this month while sarah was watching a cheer performance. the eighth grader with downs syndrome turned to her aide and said she wanted in. >> she said jessica, i'm going to be a cheerleader some day. and i looked at her, and i got a little teary-eyed and i said yeah, you are. >> reporter: calls were made and a plan was put into place. a day later, sarah was invited
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to join her middle school team. >> it just maybes me proud. it makes me proud of what we can do as people for each other, and sarah has done a lot more for me than i've done for her. >> reporter: coach jen walker has seen her team become closer and more understanding. as for sarah, with every day she is gaining confidence. and has a new best friend in teammate ellie. >> ellie told me that i'm perfect, and i do everything right. >> i think it's brought the group together and it kind of surprised them like oh, we're getting a new member. and they all treat her so, like, respectful. >> reporter: after just four practices, sarah will perform in front of thousands during a halftime show at a warriors basketball game next week, fulfilling her dream. >> my dreams did come true. >> reporter: while showing what others is possible if you set your mind to it. sarah says after she graduates from middle school this year, she plans on trying out for her high school team, the so cal knight. >> i love that.
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>> yes. let's check in with rob m d maye mayeda. thanks to our sea breeze, we're cooling down things off. 40s and low 50s outside. and very likely we'll see some patches of low clouds for the morning. right now down to 51 degrees. 49 san francisco and in santa cruz. 49 degrees, watching for the low clouds to form. you can see the wind direction. southwest at 17 into fairfield that is a pretty good push of cooler ocean air into solano county and into the east bay, which will set the stage for some clouds to start tomorrow, and very likely a cooler afternoon for tomorrow as well. so 70s not likely to be in the forecast. so we're looking for some areas of morning mist too along the coast and peninsula for tomorrow morning. and then partly cloudy skies for the afternoon highs. low to mid-60s, and then starting tuesday into wednesday, eespecially for the north bay, there is a chance of seeing some showers as an area of low pressure approaches the coast, and an increasing chance of showers i think as we be through the weekend. satellite and radar mainly mid and high-level clouds for the bay area right now.
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the rain producing clouds still here offshore that will aim mainly off to the north. the trend here over the next few days will be a trough of low pressure which is going to form just off the coast starting midweek through friday. and for the north bay, mainly areas north of the golden gate tuesday into wednesday will see a chance of showers. but by friday and saturday now, an area of low pressure, which cuts off from the main jet stream, will park just to the west of central california. and if it does this, we'll see a chance of showers or rain into saturday. but one of the latest projections on the computer models as of 10:00 right now, tries to move this more through southern california. so the bottom line for easter weekend, stay tuned. as the case of cutoff lows, this position can change quite a bit between now and then. but for now, plan on at least seeing some spring showers heading into next weekend. so the first opportunity for seeing showers tuesday into wednesday, notice the trend. a little change here, from 6:00 to the numbers we're seeing now at 11:00. you can see most of that focused up in the north bay. so partly cloudy skies, isolated showers likely with this first wave that comes through.
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i do think as you get into thursday and friday you'll see a few more north bay showers moving a bit further south as we get into next weekend. 65 in san jose for tomorrow. that will be down from the low 70s today. upper 60s around the tri-valley. 67 degrees in fairfield. so cooler afternoon into those inland valleys. and around the north bay, you'll see numbers thanks to the winds out of the south now in the mid- to upper 60s. and a cool 59 degrees around san francisco for your monday. so partly cloudy skies at times. chance of showers, at least until about let's say the middle part of the week. notice as we head towards the weekend, not much change in temperatures as we head towards friday and saturday. but there is still that chance. and i think the best chance for rain, but that system will be the south bay and along the coast as the low scoots down into southern california there is a chance maybe by easter sunday it will be over l.a. instead of us. let's hope that trend continues, and we'll see some drying conditions for the second half of next weekend. >> thank you very much. and now for a look at what is coming up in sports, we've
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got henry woodford. the injury buck is attacking in this area. we'll have the latest on steph curry and pablo sandoval. but first, the stanford women's basketball team earned the top seed in their [, but that didn't stop number 16 seed tulsa from upset. highlights from maples is up next. there's this island -- and it's got super-cute kangaroos.
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welcome back to nbc bay area. can anyone stop the stanford cardinals? get this. the women's basketball team rolled through the pac-12 en route to their seventh consecutive conference title, and 26 consecutive tournament appearance. the top seed in spokane region, stanford earned the right the host the first round game at maples pavilion. number 16 seed, tulsa was in. and they were down to fight this afternoon. into the first, tulsa making it tough. mariah turner gets the offensive rebound and putback. teams were tied at 24 associate the half. early second, stanford back on track. sarah james from three-point land. her team is up three. and then they would count on
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their star, chene, driving for the layup. she had 29 points. stanford survive a first half scare. they win, 72-56. >> we're a little anxious coming out. and we knew that the first half. we knew we had to be very aggressive coming out the second. i'm really proud of how our team battles. and coach really got us going after halftime. we know we had to play for 40 minutes. i think we played really hard for 20 minutes. i don't know how long we can last because it's so competitive. but i know our team is hung iry. after this we'll be coming out and playing every folks like it's our last. over to baseball. pablo sandoval had x-rays and a cat scan on his ailing right elbow, and neither test showed anything new. but pablo still not playing. our giants insider andrew bagley says it's looking more and more likely that pablo won't be ready by opening day. we wish him the best. giants and angels in cactus league action. barry zito on the hill. giants down 1-zip in the fifth.
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one out, two on for erick aybar. two batters later, zito strikes out josh hamilton to end the inning. he allowed six hits, one run. tied in the fourth, tied at 4 in the bottom of the ninth, buster posey singles to center. hunter pence scores. giants win, 5-4 the final. dodgers and a's in spring training. rollie fingerers in attendance. keep the mustache. jed lowry facing his former teammate, josh beckett. kiss this baby goodbye. two-run homer. and the tunnel, of course, they run through as always. bottom of the third, one on, two out. derrick norris. he is a catcher, but he can swing the bat. his fifth home their spring. a's win, 7-4. update on steph curry. x-rays were negative. rolled his right ankle saturday
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night while facing the washington wizard. curry is optimistic he will play in monday's showdown against kobe bryant and the l.a. lakers. before we get out of here, how about a good fight? nascar sprint cup auto club 400 in fontan. that final lap, joey logano and denny hamlin joining for position. kyle busch passes them both for the win. hamlin and logano wreck. hamlin had to be airlifted from the track. they said he is going to be okay. meanwhile, tony stewart was mad at league again know, and there is the punches. tony stewart, i think logano is about half tony stewart's age. in other words, tony stewart is old enough to be his daddy and he was still socking him out there, diane, terry. what is up with that? it's child abuse, come on. >> he has the experience. >> he is into the experience thing. >> thanks, henry. coming up next, a hollywood and broadway legend shares some surprises about her new memoirs.
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and call them holiday hazards. a look at some of the biggest problems for pets during the easter season.
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fans of a hollywood legend enjoy quite a treat tonight in the east bay. they learn some interesting new details about rita moreno. the 81-year-old actress has had a resume among the most decorated in show business, and she is a part in a q&a after a screening of west side story. the event was at the small independent heater in moraga not far from her home in the berkeley hills. fans also had a chance to buy copies of the book there, the star's new memoir. and we asked her if readers will find out anything unusual or surprising. >> oh, everybody's life is surprising. and i have a couple of doozies. they are called marlon brando
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and elvis presley, among other things. and i think one of the interesting parts of the book is that old hollywood that no longer exists is very much a big chapter in the book. it's a very different hollywood than it is nowadays. >> all right. tonight's event was also a fundraiser for the new digital technology required at all theaters. by the way, moreno is one of the few artists to ever win an emmy, a grammy, an oscar, and a tony. not bad. >> not bad. a record number of people hit the streets of oakland today for that city's annual marathon. about 9100 runners joined the 5-k, half, and full marathon, as well as the four-person team relay. organizers say they were hope that see the number of 5-k runners double this year. its fourth year of the race. the first time with a sunny sky. winners of both men's and women's marathon were from the bay area. >> it's so satisfying. i mean, i don't think there is
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anything more satisfying than coming across that finish line in first. i'm really happy with it because i didn't know even if i was going to run as of friday. so, you know, i showed up and here i am. that's pretty awesome. i'm pretty pleased with it. >> the men's winner says he is disappointed with himself, having previously run 26.2 miles ten minutes faster than his winning time today. he was not happy with his first place finish. >> apparently not. italy's highest court is about to make a decision in a high profile murder case, and an american student's future is at stake. >> also high-powered players in the gun control debate. see the words exchanged between the mayor of new york and the head of the nra. plus, what brought hundreds of postal workers out to protest on a sunday.
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the coast guard has suspended the search tonight for a missing 22-year-old man who was last seen jumping into the ocean north of half moon bay this afternoon. nbc bay area's monte francis was in pacifica with a look at happened. >> reporter: the coast guard suspended the search about 8:00 tonight, and this water is very cold. it's about 50 degrees. it's been about nine hours since this young man vanished. 22-year-old carlos javier lopez, seen here on the right, worked his shift this morning at gin with wan china restaurant. when the restaurant closed, lopez went to roosevelt beach to with friend to play soccer and to swim. >> the guy come in, how come no come back? they know he go in and no come back. >> reporter: suki coffman owns the restaurant and says she considers lopez as a son.
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>> he is very, very good kid. very, very good kid. you know, he hardworking, he school, he working. >> reporter: moises soto says he was with lopez at the beach, and that at about 2:30 watched him go in for a swim. soto turned his back, and when he looked back out on to the ocean, lopez was nowhere to be seen. the coast guard spent the afternoon and evening searching by water and by air, with help from the sheriff's department and the harbor master. >> the water is very cold now. we have rip currents. and indications are that he is still out in the water some place. >> reporter: but as night fell, hope of finding lopez waned. the coast guard suspended the search, and those who left him were left with a difficult realization. >> i'm hurting. very good kid. no go hang out with other people. just go to school and working, and all this kid is very, very
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good kid. >> reporter: the coast guard says the decision on whether to resume the search for lopez would be made in the morning. at pacifica, monte francis, nbc bay area news. an east bay special forces soldier has died as a result of wounds received in afghanistan. 31-year-old sergeant first class james grissom from hayward died thursday at a military hospital in germany from gunshot wounds he suffered two days earlier in afghanistan. grissom was assigned to the special forces group based in ft. lewis, washington. he was on his fifth overseas deployment. grissom was a 1999 graduate of mt. eden high school in hayward and a graduate of the art institute in san francisco. he is survived by his wife, parents and a sister. u.s. secretary of state john kerry made a stop in iraq today. kerry met with iraq's prime minister for what was described as a very spirited discussion. they talked about iraq's delicate transition to democracy and as the country prepares for upcopping elections. >> we all want to see iraq
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succeed. this is such an enormous investment of our treasure, our people, and our money in this initiative. the world has an interest in seeing iraq take a leading role in the region as a fungtsing democracy. >> the talk also focused on iraq, granting iran access to its airspace. u.s. officials believe iranian jets are fighting weapons and fighters to support the syrian government. iran and iraq claim the flights are for humanitarian purpose. an italian court is set to decide tomorrow whether to overturn the acquittals of knox and her boyfriend. they were cleared of the murder of meredith kercher back in 2011. nbc's duncan gulstani has more from england. >> reporter: tomorrow amanda knox will find out if she must once again sit in an italian courtroom, or whether her
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long-running case is closed for good. it's more than a year and a half since the 25-year-old was able to return home a free woman. >> i'm really overwhelmed right now. >> reporter: after four years in prison, she and boyfriend raffaele sollecito had their convictions overturned. but now italy's highest court is set to decide if their acquittal should be rejected. prosecutors in the italian town of perugia wants a whole new trial. >> the prosecutors obviously are upset with the acquittal, and they're going to the supreme court to have it reviewed to say that the appellate court got it wrong, and that the guilty charge in the trial court was correct and that should stand. >> reporter: knox was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering meredith kercher at the hillside villa the two women shared. prosecutors claimed knox and sollecito killed the exchange student in an attack fueled by drugs, sex and jealous. the police and forensic officers
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bungled the investigation, failing to properly handle key piece of evidence. >> i don't think the verdict is going to be overturned only based on the fact that it was a 100-page report. and a lot of the problems was with the dna. and that is something that can't be reversed. once you mess up in a dna case, obviously this is nothing a new trial can do. that evidence will remain the same. >> reporter: unlike the media circus that accompanied the first two trials, tomorrow's rule willing happen behind closed doors. neither knox nor sollecito is likely to attend, both will be waiting anxiously to see if that courtroom drama is finally over. . that was nbc's duncan gholstanireporting from london. gun control heated up debate with two of the mohs visible figures in the debate face the face. michael bloomberg and national rifle association ceo wayne lapierre were both on "meet the press" today. bloomberg announced a $12
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million campaign he is personally paying for, and it's aimed at convincing swing senators to support universal background checks. >> 90% of the public wants something. and their representatives vote against that. common sense says they are going to have a price to fay for that. >> he is going to find thought is a country of the people, by the people and for the people. and he can't spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the american public. >> bloomberg's ad campaign by the way is scheduled to air in 13 states. the senate is scheduled to debate federal gun control legislation next month. the supreme court turns its attention this week to an issue that is a subject of shifting public opinions, same-sex marriage. there were rallies in support of it today in new york and other cities. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams reports. >> reporter: two gay couples in california are asking the court to strike down proposition 8, enacted by state voters in 2008 to prevent people like them from
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getting married. >> we're not out to redefine marriage or topple the institution. we're out to be a part of it. >> reporter: their lawyer says there is no valid reason to forbid their marriage because it would have no effect on straight couples. >> proponents of proposition 8 still haven't been able to come up with an argument as for why all the good things about marriage, we need to keep people out who want to get married. >> reporter: nine states now allow same-sex marriage, along with washington, d.c. 38 others ban it either by law or constitution amendment. defenders of prop 8 say it's intended to protect the traditional notion of families. >> the institution of marriage and marriage laws are designed to attach mothers and fathers to each other and to the children that they may create and raise this the best environment. >> reporter: the other case presents a challenge to doma, the defense of marriage act passed by congress 17 years ago. it blocks federal recognition of same-sex couples in states where they are allowed to marry, denying them about one thousand federal benefits that other married couples get. it's being challenged by 83-year-old edie windsor of new
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york when her spouse died and left her the estate, she got a tax bill for $363,000. >> if the federal government had recognized the marriage, it would have been zero. zero. >> reporter: after first supporting doma, president obama now says it's unconstitutional. >> basic principle that america is founded on. the idea that we're all created equal. applies to everybody. regardless of sexual orientation. >> reporter: house republicans are now defending doma in court. >> the administration doesn't get to decide what is constitutional. the supreme court does. and our phillipsing of the lawsuit was to make sure that the proper forum was used to make sure that we know what is constitutional and what isn't. >> that was nbc's pete williams reporting. postal workers across the country were out today to deliver a loud message to their
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boss. >> what do we want? >> the postmaster general wants to end saturday mail service to save about $2 billion a year. well, postal workers and supporters say the move is counterproductive and hurts both customers and employees. they're calling for a plan that would explore new business opportunities and revenue streams instead. saturday delivery is set to stop in august. coming up, the research behind the benefits of owning a pet, and why it may help cancer patients. plus, thousands were on hand as pope francis celebrated his first palm sunday mass. but you might be surprised by his message today. ♪
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. pope francis held his first palm sunday mass today in front of an audience of hundreds of thousands of people, and shared a very personal story that was not in the script. nbc's claudia livania reports from rome. >> reporter: pope francis celebrated his first palm sunday mass to mark the start of holy week on sunday in st. peter's square. while he was welcomed by 250,000 people from all over the world who were waving olive and palm branches to reenact his triumphant entrance into jerusalem by jesus. once again, breck away with the original transcript of his homily by telling a story about his grandmother telling him when he was young that burial shroud
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do not have pockets. of course, that's another way of saying you can't take it with you, a criticism on wealth and possessions. he took the usual round of st. peter's square on board of that wide jeep to welcome all the pilgrims. and once again he worried vatican security by getting off it to just shake hands and bless people with his hands. something that exposes him to a little bit of danger. last but not least, he told christians all over the world that christian joy should keep them young at heart. and considering he is 76 and full of life, he is certainly setting a good example. nbc news, rome. >> i love the voice. >> you love his accent. >> i do. i love that. >> let's check with rob mayeda on the weather. what's going on? >> a bit of a sea breeze cooling us off a little bit around the bay area right now. 49 san francisco, low 50s inland. and the wind coming in off the ocean is one of two reasons why
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tomorrow's temperatures will be cooler than the mid-70s we saw today. again, that sea breeze will likely push in some coastal low clouds and a little bit of maybe morning mists in a few spots in a few areas near the peninsula and coast tomorrow morning. highs low to mid-60s tomorrow afternoon, as the clouds actually try to thicken up some during the day. unlike today, we had mostly sunny skies. tomorrow partly cloudy, trending mostly cloudy towards the evening, and then starting tuesday into wednesday, we'll see a chance of showers entering the forecast. hour-by-hour heading into tomorrow morning, we'll be watching the passes of low clouds filling in across the inner bay. notice the afternoon, coupled with the sea breeze, clouds blocking out some of the sunshine for monday is going to keep our temperatures down, very likely only near 59 degrees in san francisco, and possibly into the north bay, upper 50s and low 60s. quite the change from the low 70s we saw this afternoon. but, again, the view here in the futurecast doesn't have any rain just yet. that's going to change as we head towards tuesday and wednesday. as a weather system that is approaching the coast, for the most part is going to miss us.
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we'll see a trough forming here just offshore. during the time frame from wednesday into friday, we'll see a chance of showers coming in. best chance i think will be up towards the north bay, and then notice what happens as we head towards easter weekend. we have this area of low pressure, which will approach the central coast. and depending on where it goes, to cross this in, as we think right now, south towards san luis obispo, we will see a chance of rain, especially around the santa cruz mountains and parts of the south bay next weekend. but the tracks to southern california or los angeles, we may miss out on some of the rain. stay tuned to the forecast with christina and jeff as we go through the week. for tuesday and wednesday, notice the trend here. not nonstop rain. it's the opposite. partly cloudy skies. just an occasional shower or two. so not a whole lot out there for the first half of the week. but look for increasing chance of showers, especially in the time frame from friday night on into saturday, especially for the coast as we head towards next weekend. 65 degrees around san jose tomorrow. low to mid-60s around the tri-valley. that's down over almost 5 to 10 degrees from today's highs. in the north bay, this is where
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we'll see most of the cooling for tomorrow. low 60s for highs. 59 degrees in san francisco. partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies. a chance of seeing a few scattered showers at times. we do think mainly north of the golden gate from tuesday into wednesday. and then notice the temperatures. thursday and friday, not dropping off a whole lot. in fact, they may bounce up a little bit for friday afternoon. and then for now, still, stay tuned on that weekend forecast. it disease look like the best chance for seeing some rain, again, as we talked about, will be for the coastal mountains and the south bay, all depending on where that low ends up moving right now. it looks like it's going to track right into southern california during the day. >> all right. thanks a lot. it turns out dogs are more than man's best friend. >> up next, the research that shows why pet mace help patients recover from cancer more quickly. pets on planes. we uncovered reports of injury, even deaths, and you responded. monday at 11:00, nbc bay area news investigates more incidents and more airlines getting fined. >> for me and the other people
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who lost animals this way you never get to know what happened. >> elise kirschner reveals the loophole that allows airlines to underreport missing pets that. >> i have to be held accountable there is more accountability if they lose your luggage. >> an investigative unit report, monday at 11ing:00 on nbc bay area news.
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when a person is diagnosed with cancer, a strong support system is crucial to enduring the fight against the disease.
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nbc's brittany glaser finds out how four-legged friends are giving the unconditional love, companionship and encouragement to those who need it the most. >> this is buddy. >> reporter: man's best friend just might be the prescription for good health for aaron davison, still waging in her fight against non-hodgkins lymphoma. >> it's been hard. the chemotherapy regimen i'm on was pretty strenuous. >> reporter: her scans are clear today eight months after her cancer diagnosis, but maintenance chemo is still part of her recovery plan. so is 2-year-old buddy. >> they love you unconditionally. they love you when you're sick, well you're well, happy, sad, mad, they love you. >> reporter: that love is something cancer nurse karen seal knows well. she is a dog lover and sees the importance of these furry friends for the patients she treats. >> dogs are such a care giving, loving animal. and a lot of our cancer patients are pet lovers. and a lot of us in our cancer department are pet lovers as well. >> reporter: the aftereffects of
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chemo have made mornings extra hard for davison, but she said buddy is there every day to get her going. >> he was on me, in my face, licking on me, pawing at me, whining, saying mom, time to get up, you need to get up. >> reporter: research shows pets trigger a spike in endorphin levels, and decrease cortisol linked to stress. >> the pets just for them to look at you and give you a kiss on the cheek is good. it's uplifting of. >> reporter: davison says it doesn't matter if she has been away from her pooch for five minutes or five hours, tending to her treatment. buddy is always thrilled to greet her. >> and that's wonderful whenever you're copping home from the doctor and you've got -- i have a chemotherapy pump that i'm carrying, and he loves me. it doesn't matter what i look like. sometimes he looks at me funny, but he loves me. >> we can relate to our dogs looking at us funny. and we love them. all right. speaking of animals, we'll show you how to keep your pet safe
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easter preparations are under way for lots of folks, but those easter treats and things that make the holiday special aren't so great for the four-legged types. chocolate, of course, is not good for your pet, not to mention the wrappers and the plastic eggs that go with them. experts from the spca say these items plus easter basket decorations and lilies which bloom in spring all pose a problem for your pet. that one is cute. they can make the animals very sick, and may even result in death in some cases. so lilies and the water in the vase are especially dangerous to the cat. the advice, skip the lillys if you can. if you have an easter egg hunt,
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keep track of where you put things so that when the kids miss a few things, you know where to go. you always find those chocolate eggs six months later. and they're not good. >> thanks for watching nbc bay area news. the chris matthews show is coming up next. >> got it. >> take care.
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>> this is "the chris matthews show." >> ask not what your country can
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do for you. >> tear down this wall. >> i can hear you. >> the time for change has come! chris: had enough? is that the spirit of america today that we had enough of wars in the land of islam. we listen to the bugle car from the bushes father and son. after the gulf war, the afghan war and the iraq war, are we ready for war with iran and syria? spent billions of rebuilding in iraq, baltimore, detroit, they could use the big money we're spending on countries that take our cash even as they tell us to leave. finally, see how she runs, hillary clinton's message on marriage equality fits her m.o. precisely, a scripted, polished dramatic video is just how she announced last time. looks like she is in. hi, i'm chris matthews, welcome to the show. with us today, the "washington post" david ignatius and kathleen parker. helene cooper and michael crowley. first up, what does barack obama know what we don't know pledging
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to use american power against iran and getting more deeply involved in syria? the american mood when it comes to using force feels like 1915, the end of vietnam. after that war, reluctance to commit power abroad was called vietnam syndrome. then came desert storm in 1991 and the first george bush told us that the lightning victory there had banished vietnam wearyness. >> it's a proud day for america and by god, we have kicked the vietnam syndrome once and for all. chris: after the second george bush launched two long wars, many feel war wearyness like against vietnam. against the wearyness, how should we take this week's statements from this president on veryia and iran? >> we are clear that the use of chemical weapons against the syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake and i will repeat, all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting t

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